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Researchers find drones vulnerable to GPS spoofing

Researchers find drones vulnerable to GPS spoofing

Drones continue to see large rollouts in various industries across the world, and now there’s one more thing to worry about on top of privacy issues and potential death from above. A team at the University of Texas has managed to find a vulnerability in drones that allows an attacker to gain control of the unmanned vehicle and change its course. Professor Todd Humphreys and the team spoof GPS receivers in order to take control of the drones.

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Waze social GPS navigation to be embedded in cars

Waze social GPS navigation to be embedded in cars

If you haven't heard of Waze, and you drive any sort of vehicle at all, then you should get on board. It's a unique 'social GPS' platform that allows drivers to share data about things like traffic congestion, speed traps, accidents, gas prices, and all sorts of other handy features that you simply don't get with your vintage Garmin or even your standard smartphone maps app.

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Apple Maps spurs full Google Maps app

Apple Maps spurs full Google Maps app

Soon you'll be able to download your very own entirely Google-made version of Google Maps for iOS, this time not having Google on the back end of the Apple interface you've seen since the iPhone was launched. This new version will be released soon, with Google executive Jeff Huber speaking up this week on the subject with a simple "we look forward to providing amazing Google Maps experiences on iOS."

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Facebook adds Find Friends Nearby to mobile apps

Facebook adds Find Friends Nearby to mobile apps

Facebook has a new feature that iOS and Android users can now start to take advantage of called Find Friends Nearby. Originally dubbed “Friendshake”, the feature allows you to see friends who are nearby, as well as potential friends, provided they’re also using Find Friends Nearby. The new feature is primarily aimed at those meeting people for the first time who want to quickly add details to Facebook.

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Nike+ Running hits Android

Nike+ Running hits Android

Nike has launched Nike+ Running for Android, broadening smartphone support for its exercise monitoring app, and using the handset's GPS and accelerometer to record distance, pace and time. The new app offers mid-run audio feedback, telling you exactly how well you're doing every mile, and there's the ability to set up "PowerSongs" that you can trigger to give you a boost when you're flagging.

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Windows Phone 8 adds Nokia Maps: Offline maps, navigation, more

Windows Phone 8 adds Nokia Maps: Offline maps, navigation, more

Windows Phone 8 will have Nokia Maps built-in, Microsoft has confirmed today at the Windows Phone Summit, with offline mapping and turn-by-turn directions. The unsurprising inclusion means that Bing Maps has been retired on Windows Phone, with Nokia's NAVTEQ subsidiary providing mapping data for the native Maps app on handsets, as well as for third-party developers with an open API.

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Google Earth 3D Next Dimension update video wows

Google Earth 3D Next Dimension update video wows

This week the Google Maps team has shown off what they've been working on for some time with their brand new 3D enhancements to Google Earth, this part of "The Next Dimension" event they held earlier today. What we saw, and what you're about to see in video form, is how Google is hoping to keep the vast majority of the world spellbound by their technology with a level of realism we've not yet seen in a mapping program. Have a peek at what some are calling "The GTA of Maps" in the following clip.

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Google Maps preempts Apple Maps with 3D Tour Guide

Google Maps preempts Apple Maps with 3D Tour Guide

This week at Google Maps' Next Dimension special event we got to see how powerful Google's world of mapping has really become with a full 3D vision of the world in a much more visually pleasing way than we've ever seen before. This talk started with a brief history of the 3D world, starting all the way back in 2003 when the 3D vision was nothing more than a whisper, while 2008 started with a bang with some "3D" images with flat, nearly-real images for arial views. This new version of Google Maps has airplanes capturing Oblique Images as captured from several sides as the plans overhead - this is just the first step.

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